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Improving High School Graduation Rates

The Obama administration has made raising the nation’s high school graduation rate and preventing dropouts a key priority, and many schools are turning to online credit recovery programs and other technology-based efforts for help.

With the generous support of K12, we’ve put together this collection of stories from our archives, along with other relevant information, to help you boost graduation rates in your own schools.

—The Editors

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Ed-tech group IDs ways to help boost achievement

Ed-tech group IDs ways to help boost achievement

An initiative that uses research to identify ways to use educational technology successfully soon will launch a professional learning community with resources and collaborative opportunities to help school…

Virginia high school uses technology to increase learning time, boost graduation rates

Virginia high school uses technology to increase learning time, boost graduation rates

T.C. Williams High School, in Virginia’s Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), uses technology to create online and blended-learning environments that provide extra support to students who need it.…

$250M investment aims to boost graduation with ed tech

$250M investment aims to boost graduation with ed tech

A new $250 million campaign from AT&T seeks to help more students graduate from high school ready for college or a career through a “socially innovative” approach that…

U.S. makes modest gains in graduation rates

U.S. makes modest gains in graduation rates

Aggressive efforts to prevent students from dropping out contributed to a modest 3.5 percentage point increase nationally in the high school graduation rate from 2001 to 2009, according…

Online Teacher of the Year: Individualized instruction is key

Online Teacher of the Year: Individualized instruction is key

Through a combination of blended learning, individualized instruction, and enthusiasm, online biology teacher Leslie Fetzer’s dedication to helping her special-needs students develop core learning skills contributed to her…

Could the internet spell the end of snow days?

"Virtual snow days" would help ease pressure on school calendars.

Could the internet mean the end of snow days? Some schools think so, and they are experimenting with ways for students to do lessons online during bad weather,…

eSN Special Report: Keeping students on a path to graduation

Credit recovery programs are helping students stay on track.

“College-ready” and “career-ready” are major buzzwords in the educational field these days, as President Obama’s push to increase graduation rates gains traction. Educators have spent a great deal…

Successful credit recovery programs from four districts

Successful credit recovery programs from four districts

While the Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston, Texas, has a strong early intervention program that is successful in keeping more kids from failing classes, the district…

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